Mar 4, 2011
V: 87 L: 229 W: 59
Naish claims the Wave is “the only dedicated production waveboard range in the world.” To back this up, every photo you see of a Naish team rider—like Kai Lenny, Julien Taboulet, and even Robby Naish himself—they are sailing the same production board you can buy off the shelf. In this test, we only have a few dedicated waveboards, and the Naish Wave is, by far, the most dedicated.
Despite being the second largest board in the test, its short length and thin, narrow tail make it feel like one of the smallest. It takes some power from the sail to get planing without the help of a wave; once up and going it can break free and reach a decent top speed but it needs constant power to keep it going. In the single-fin mode, it tracks fairly well and feels solid across chop. In thruster mode, it settles into the water a bit more and displays a looser, less directional ride, better suited for waves than flatwater. As a highwind board, it feels more at home the more hectic the conditions. None of this flatwater performance is what the Wave claims to be its strong suit, though.
It’s the Wave’s performance on a wave that sets it apart. In the thruster setup it makes, by far, the tightest turns in the test and ranks highly as one of the tightest-turning boards we have ever ridden. Plus, turning the Wave feels intuitive, as it takes little effort to set the rail in a bottom turn and there is no hesitation from the board as you transition to your heels. As you gain confidence on the Wave it will take you as deep into the lip as you want to go and never balk at the thought of it.
The Naish Wave is for the dedicated wavesailor who’s lucky enough to regularly ride clean waves or, at least, have plenty of wind to go with some mushy waves. naishsails.com